Wednesday, May 13, 2015

OSINT NEWS- SPY AGENCY EVENTS!



 
HOW TO USE THIS SITE
(1) For daily updates on happenings within the 17 agencies comprising the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), scroll down right margin to "U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS- click agency below". Click the agency and all daily newspaper, magazine and recent journal articles will  appear.
(2) For daily updates on happenings in Foreign spy services, scroll down the right margin to "FOREIGN SPY SERVICE HAPPENINGS". Click the spy agency in particular country, and all daily newspaper, magazine and recent journal publications will appear.

(3) Search TOPIC SEARCH in the right-hand margin and type in your topic of interest. All relevant posts will appear.
(4) Go to ARTICLE ARCHIVES in the right-hand margin and click a date. All articles written on that date will appear. 
 
Note: We appreciate questions, comments and feedback. Please contact OSINT News on the Secure Contact Form.
~

Enjoy the Caribbean islands? Enjoy spy thriller novels, movies or TV series? If so, you'll enjoy the online spy series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean"! Go to the right margin and have the first 3 episodes emailed to you immediately, for FREE! Get to know Corey and learn how the CIA and Intelligence Community (IC) operates!

ESPIONAGE AND MILITARY EVENTS 5/13/15

U.S. military may directly confront China over disputed islands. Ash Carter just jumped into the South China Sea. Defense Secretary Carter is considering a number of options to China's artificial islands, including dispatching surveillance aircraft and sending Navy vessels to within a dozen nautical miles of the new islands between Vietnam and the Philippines.

North Korea executed its defense minister in late April, the deputy director of South Korea's National Intelligence Agency said. Hyon Yong-Chol was executed using anti-aircraft machine guns, not an murder technique for Kim Jong Un. Apparently, poor Yong-Chol fell asleep at a military rally, thus "disrespecting" Pyongyang's 32-year-old leader. So far, Kim has executed 15 senior officials in 2015.

Apparently, North Korea didn’t launch a ballistic missile from a submarine, contrary to its government proclamations and news reports, according to two U.S. officials. Instead, the U.S. intelligence assessment is that the secretive communist country may have tested the compressed-gas ejection system that’s needed to begin launching such a missile from a submarine.

CNN video by Barbara Starr suggests ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was never injured during airstrike. Pentagon officials are dismissing reports that he was. 

Russian cyber attack unit targets banks. APT28, the notorious cyber espionage group that is believed to be sponsored by the Russian government, is planning to attack various financial institutions from across the world, according to cybersecurity services and training provider root9B. APT28 has been around since at least 2007.

Robert Morton, Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online spy novel series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean".  The views expressed on this site do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. Contact him on the Secure Contact Form

CIA Spymaster Michael Morell to speak at Books-a-Million


     I received a notice from the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) yesterday. It notified members that former CIA Deputy Director, Michael Morell, will give a talk at Books-a-Million this Saturday (May 16) from 1-3 p.m. at 1451 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA. He will no doubt discuss his new book, "The Great War of Our Time."

     It should be an informative talk, for Morell worked within the CIA for 33 years and is now a Senior Fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center. He has seen much, being alongside President Bush on 9/11 and with President Obama when Osama bin Laden was finally brought to justice. He saw the agency he loves make heroic efforts to protect America, and he witnessed intelligence failures as well. Through it all, he learned a great deal about what works, and what doesn't, in a war we did not choose but which we cannot lose.
 

     So, if you're around McLean, VA this Saturday, you may want to attend his talk. Morell believes 9/11 was a national failure and not a failure of imagination as argued by the 9/11 Commission. He also says it is a myth that the Bush White House forced the CIA into its position on Iraqi W.M.D; however, he strongly believes that Vice President Cheney's office tried to pressure theAgency to conclude that there were links between Iraq and Al Qaeda. I might add that Cheney made dozens of unprecedented visits to the CIA during those years and bombarded middle-managers with questions about WMD's in Iraq. I'm sure the lower level analysts felt compelled to write reports of scanty evidence of WMD existence in Iraq as a result.

     Morell never held back in voicing his expert opinion, which he habitually bases on supportable evidence. He feels that the Arab Spring has been a boon to Al Qaeda because it left countries either unwilling or unable to confront extremists, and he dismisses Republican chargesthat the CIA conspired with the White House to spin the Benghazi story. In Morell's assessment,  the agency should get out of the "talking point" business.

     He justifies why the U.S. government's drone program has prevented another 9/11 and why the charges of significant collateral damage are wrong. Morell contests that the report of Senate Democrats on the CIA's detention and interrogation program after 9/11 is a deeply flawed document, and argues that Edward Snowden isn't telling us the real story behind his NSA leaks.

     Unfortunately, he has stated time and again that this war against Islamic extremism will last generations and specifies what needs to be done if we are to win it. It will last much longer than our Cold War with Russia.

Robert Morton, Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online spy novel series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean".  The views expressed on this site do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. Contact him on the Secure Contact Form

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

U.S. SPY AGENCY HAPPENINGS!- Issue 5

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): The head of the CIA’s Counter­terrorism Center, who presided over the agency’s drone campaign and directed the hunt for Osama bin Laden, is being removed from his post.
~
U.S. Intelligence Community (IC): Secret files held by Yemeni security forces that contain details of American intelligence operations in the country have been looted by Iran-backed militia leaders, exposing names of confidential informants and plans for U.S.-backed counter-terrorism strikes.
~
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): The Federal Bureau of Investigation should expand its intelligence work at home and abroad to meet the threats from international criminals, terror groups and so-called lone-wolf attackers, according to a report examining how the agency has changed since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
~
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): Woman working for CIA and killed in action revealed by CIA. Warren Robbins can say something his late parents wanted to reveal but never could: his sister, Barbara, who died in the service of her country, was working for the CIA. Barbara Robbins, then 21, died in the Viet Cong bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, Vietnam 50 years ago Monday.
Barbara Robbins- Woman CIA officer killed in action
~
National Security Council (NSA): The NSA eavesdropped on Israeli officials and overheard them discussing intelligence their own spies had gathered by spying on U.S. officials talking about the Iran negotiations.
~
DARPA Near Zero Sensor Operation
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA): DARPA created a program called Near Zero Power RF and Sensor Operations (N-Zero), which builds a network of sensors that can determine what to pay attention to and when. They will have an innate ability to detect specific frequency signatures such as the presence of a particular vehicle type or radio communications protocol. The specialized batteries in these devices will last for years on end and roughly 1,500 of them will be positioned around Afghanistan, and most likely elsewhere in the Middle East.
~
Robert Morton, Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online spy novel series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean".  The views expressed on this site do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. Contact him on the Secure Contact Form

Thursday, April 9, 2015

U.S. & FOREIGN SPY AGENCY HAPPENINGS!- Issue 4

 Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): The CIA director gives the  first public glimpse of American intelligence assessments about why Iran's leadership agreed to the tentative nuclear accord last week, saying that Iran’s president persuaded its supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, that their country’s economy was “destined to go down” unless he reached an understanding with the West.

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): A Pakistani Islamabad High Court files criminal charges against former CIA station chief Jonathan Bank and former CIA lawyer John Rizzo over a 2009 drone strike that killed two people. I met John Rizzo at an AFIO luncheon in Tysons Corner, VA.- he even signed his book for me, wishing me "the best" in my writing career.
Retired CIA lawyer John Rizzo
Department of Energy Joint Cyber Coordination Center (JC3): The JC3 was born out of a major cyber attack that impacted more than 50,000 DOE employees. Now, it provides intense cybersecurity and a better understanding of the threats the DOE faces.


Joint Cyber Coordination Center (JC3)
British MI5 domestic intelligence service: Britain’s MI5 security service deliberately covered up the sexual abuse of vulnerable boys in a notorious children’s care home in Belfast, Northern Ireland, an ex-Army Intelligence officer claimed on Tuesday.

Germany's Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) foreign intelligence service: The BND agents in the Middle East report that, because of the large-scale Iraqi counteroffensive, ISIS  now controls just a single oil field in the country. The BND spies also predict that the oil drought will add to the shortages of water and electricity in areas controlled by the terrorist group and will continue to undermine its morale.
Entrance to Germany's BND: Foreign Intelligence Service
 
Robert Morton, Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online spy novel series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean".  The views expressed on this site do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. Contact him on the Secure Contact Form

Sunday, April 5, 2015

U.S. SPY AGENCY HAPPENINGS!- Issue 3


Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): A federal judge has ruled that the CIA doesn't have to release documents pertaining to a review, called the 2009 Panetta Review, regarding material the Senate requested about the CIA's interrogation program that many senators contend involved the torture of terror suspects.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): The U.S. FBI confirmed that Zulkifli bin Hir, one of its "most wanted terrorists," was killed in a raid in the Philippines in January. The U.S. State Department had offered $5 million for the arrest of bin Hir, a Malaysian member of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah militant group behind numerous bombing attacks in the Philippines.


Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA): Nearly 18 months after the Silk Road online drug market was busted by law enforcement, the criminal charges rippling out from the case have now come full circle: back to two of the law enforcement agents involved in the investigation, one of whom is accused of being the Silk Road’s mole inside the Drug Enforcement Agency.

National Reconnaissance Office (NRO): Maj. Gen. Stephen Denker, the former director of air, space and cyberspace operations at Headquarters Air Force Space Command, has been assigned to the position of deputy director at the NRO.  The announcement came from the U.S. Air Force's chief of staff.

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI): The ODNI was created in 2004 to serve as central authority for intelligence activities in the United States. To illustrate its mission, it created a poster illustrating a series of eight goals  that the agency believed would lead to "the most insightful intelligence possible." Unfortunately, this list of goals, which is still in use today, does not include language related to privacy, civil liberties, or the Constitution.

Bureau of Intelligence and Research (BIR): Though it's not widely known, the State Department has a spy agency known as the BIR. It is as much a part of the intelligence community as the CIA or DIA and works in the same highly restricted, security-conscious environment.

Robert Morton, Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online spy novel series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean".  The views expressed on this site do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. Contact him on the Secure Contact Form

Friday, April 3, 2015

U.S. SPY AGENCY HAPPENINGS!- Issue 2

 
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): Researchers working with the Central Intelligence Agency have conducted a multi-year, sustained effort to break the security of Apple's iPhones and iPads, according to top-secret documents obtained by The Intercept.
~
National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA): Where will its new HQ be? Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is desperately getting it be relocated near Scott Air Force Base. The federal government is mulling over several locations to relocate the NGA’s facility, which is currently in south St. Louis. That includes a location near Scott Air Force Base, as well sites in north St. Louis, south St. Louis County and Fenton.
 
Note: Many feel the NSA is not the most-secretive intelligence agency, but the NGA is. Watch this video:
 


~
The Air Force Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency(ISR): It is realigned from Headquarters Air Force as a Field Operating Agency to become part of a new operational Numbered Air Force, or NAF, under Air Combat Command, or ACC, officials said July 11.
U.S. Army Intelligence
 
U.S. Army Intelligence: A U.S. Army intelligence photographer, who served in the 1st Infantry Division "The Big Red One," spoke at the Northwest Regional Library in Fort Myers, FL about her experience. Rebeca Brown, who moved to Southwest Florida from Los Angeles 10 months ago, joined the Army in 1980 and served until 1984.
~
China’s navy chief, Adm. Wu Shengli, strolled the Harvard University campus in a tweed blazer and slacks during a visit to the U.S. last fall, joking with students and quizzing school officials about enrolling some of his officers.
~
Dept. of Energy Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (DOE): The Energy Department's Joint Cyber Coordination Center was born out of a major cyber attack that impacted more than 50,000 of its employees. Now the JC3 is providing more cybersecurity capabilities and a better understanding of the threats the agency faces than first imagined.
 
Robert Morton, Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online spy novel series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean".  The views expressed on this site do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. Contact him on the Secure Contact Form